Definition of Philosophy in English :

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Philosophy meaning in English

Meaning of Philosophy in English

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Philosophy pronunciation in English

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1. doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought

a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

2. philosophy

the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics

3. philosophy

any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation

Example Sentences:
'self-indulgence was his only philosophy'
'my father's philosophy of child-rearing was to let mother do it'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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noun plural -phies
the academic discipline concerned with making explicit the nature and significance of ordinary and scientific beliefs and investigating the intelligibility of concepts by means of rational argument concerning their presuppositions, implications, and interrelationships; in particular, the rational investigation of the nature and structure of reality (metaphysics), the resources and limits of knowledge (epistemology), the principles and import of moral judgment (ethics), and the relationship between language and reality (semantics)
the particular doctrines relating to these issues of some specific individual or school
the philosophy of Descartes
the critical study of the basic principles and concepts of a discipline
the philosophy of law
4. archaic or literary
the investigation of natural phenomena, esp alchemy, astrology, and astronomy
any system of belief, values, or tenets
a personal outlook or viewpoint
serenity of temper

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nounWord forms: plural phiˈlosophies
1.  Archaic
love of, or the search for, wisdom or knowledge
theory or logical analysis of the principles underlying conduct, thought, knowledge, and the nature of the universe: included in philosophy are ethics, aesthetics, logic, epistemology, metaphysics, etc.
the general principles or laws of a field of knowledge, activity, etc.
the philosophy of economics
a particular system of principles for the conduct of life
a treatise covering such a system
a study of human morals, character, and behavior
mental balance or composure thought of as resulting from the study of philosophy
7.  Obsolete
natural philosophy

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see synonyms of philosophy
n. pl. phi·los·o·phies
1. The study of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning.
2. A system of thought based on or involving such study: the philosophy of Hume.
3. The study of the theoretical underpinnings of a particular field or discipline: the philosophy of history.
4. An underlying theory or set of ideas relating to a particular field of activity or to life as a whole: an original philosophy of advertising; an unusual philosophy of life.

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